At first glance, this project, which would be Joe Pass'
final recording, might seem a bit unlikely. Pass
is teamed up with country guitarist Roy Clark
to play a set of Hank Williams
tunes, but the date is actually quite successful. Clark
has long been a closet jazz player; many of Williams'
tunes have attractive chord changes, and Pass
had his longtime rhythm section (rhythm guitarist John Pisano
, bassist Jim Hughart
and drummer Colin Bailey
) serving as a solid foundation. Such songs as "Hey, Good Lookin'," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight" work quite well in this setting. Since Clark
(a brilliant guitarist himself) had long been a Joe Pass
fan, the results are both competitive and complementary. Recommended.